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Mulayam hopes for Justice for Raja Bhaiya's father in POTA case

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Lucknow, June 6 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today hoped that the father of state minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya would be absolved of POTA charges.

Addressing a public rally at Pratapgarh, the constituency of Raja Bhaiyya, Mr Yadav said POTA cases were lodged against the MLA, his cousin Akshay Pratap Singh and father Uday Pratap Singh by the previous (Mayawati) government due to vendetta.

The CM expressed hope that Uday Pratap Singh would ''soon get justice.'' The Samajwadi Party supremo reminded that 139 cases were also lodged against him in the Mayawati regime.

Meanwhile, he announced an additional grant of Rs 25 crore for the speedy development of Pratapgarh and announced schemes worth Rs 100 crore for the overall development of the district.

A POTA court in Jabalpur had aquitted Raja Bhaiyya and his MP brother, but convicted his father and sentenced him to 5 years and also fined him Rs 25,000.

However, Raja Bhaiyya said they would move the High Court against the lower court verdict. ''We are taking legal opinion and would approach the HC against the POTA court judgement,'' he said.

Last week, former chief minister and BSP president Mayawati had said the court had given Raja Bhaiyya a chance to mend his ways and lead a clean life. ''The court has punished his father, who converted his son into a criminal,''she observed.

The BSP leader said since illegal weapons were recovered from Raja Bhaiyya's father's, house he was punished for it.

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